Brought to you by: Tell world leaders to redouble their efforts by amending laws to prevent sexual violence. You can hear the stories in full here. Scotland is a Hotbed of Modern Slavery, Campaign Reveals By telling their stories, Equality Now hopes to increase understanding in the UK, and enable the development of more effective policies and support services in England.
Global Citizen campaigns to achieve the Global Goals, including goal No. You can join us by taking action here , to help ensure equal rights for women and girls across the world. Fumi grew up in a loving family in West Africa. She went to university and studied to be a teacher, her dream job. But the man turned out to be extremely violent and abusive, and eventually beat her so badly that she spent three days in hospital.
Heartbroken by her experience, Fumi decided to come to the UK and start a new life as a teacher. Unable to get a visa, her mother paid a lot of money for Fumi to travel to Britain on a fake passport. I arrived in Heathrow and they came to pick me up. They said, I owed more money on top of what my mother had paid. I said, 'What do you mean, escorting people? Are you a child?
Okay, okay, I just have to be blunt with you. You will be a prostitute. Is there not something else, like teaching, or child-minding? You know, when you are desperate to leave, you just have to do anything.
He said, 'You just have to work and pay it back. But he said, 'You have no choice, you have to do what you are told. So that first week, he beckoned me to come downstairs. I saw two huge guests, very big, they wore black and glasses, those guys, they held me down and they were whacking my mouth.
I was scared for my life. I swore to pay their money. I swore never to run. Another woman who worked there came to knock on my door. So I sent him away. That guy was my nightmare. I saw them as evil. And my parents were very supportive of my sister and I going to school.
I went to university and studied maths education, as I wanted to be a teacher. I was very young when I got married, and he was my first love. We had lots of problems, it was always, fight, fight, fight. I found myself in hospital for three days. It was bad, I had to run from my husband. I said, mum, I have to go abroad. I just want to leave the country. That is how I found myself here in England.
I was thinking I was coming here for a better life, a new life. It was a weekday, I was clearing the house and taking the rubbish out because they had a small gate by the side. I used to look to see where I could run. The security guard would normally follow me outside. I used to be nice and friendly to them. So, on that fateful day, I took the bin out.
The guards were inside. When I looked, they were not looking, they were talking and smoking, so I just dragged the bin outside and ran.
He said, your daughter has escaped, you have to pay the money. My mother said, if you want money, you have to provide my daughter and I will give you your money. So they kept fighting. And they kept harassing my mum, threatening her. She told my uncle what was happening, and so my family knew.
In the UK, there are laws. But in my country, it is money that speaks. The shame and the trauma of what I have been through, my mother was not happy. It led to her premature death. She died at Now I fear returning home, my family has deserted me, my uncle called me a prostitute, they blame me. I am still in hiding, and they are still doing the same thing to other women. Never let them trick you.
Wake the lion up. If I see uncle again, I will call the police instantly. I am not scared anymore.